Contemporary Music

Contemporary Music – Study Options

  • Diploma of Music
  • Bachelor of Music – Apply Now

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Discover your sound – Are you passionate about creating music? Were you destined to storm the stage with your voice, guitar, bass, keys, drums or laptop? Are you producing electronic music in your bedroom that the whole world needs to hear?

Whether you want to be front and centre as a performer or behind the scenes producing and writing songs, the four-year Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice) is designed for students interested in a career in the music industry.

About the course

This course gives you access to a diverse range of music industry practitioners who will help you expand and grow your talent to its full potential. Our teachers will guide you as you produce your own exciting and original music.

You will experience contemporary music production, work with industry professionals, learn from music historians, and rub shoulders with some of the country’s best student musicians. This course also gives you the opportunity to discover inventive approaches to writing and performing music, all while learning to study, interpret, and perform the music of others in innovative and new ways.

Where are the classes taught?

Because we want you to experience the best of both worlds, classes for the Bachelor of Music take place at both the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the main campus of the University of Sydney. Here you will mix with a wide range of musicians, composers, performers, musicologists and other industry specialists, while being given the chance to collaborate with students across a wide range of musical genres.

We support your classes with the best facilities available, including sound technologies, professional recording studios and breathtaking concert halls.

The Bachelor of Music is your first step to becoming a national and international music pioneer.

Contemporary Music Staff

  • Associate Professor Charles Fairchild – Popular Music; Program Leader of Bachelor of Arts (Music Major)
  • Dr Clint Bracknell – Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Contemporary Music, Coordinator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curriculum
  • Dr Jade O’Regan – Scholarly Teaching Fellow in Contemporary Music
  • Dr Damian Barbeler – Casual Lecturer in Digital Music
  • Mr Paul Mac – Casual Lecturer in Contemporary Music
  • Ms Rainbow Chan – Casual Lecturer in Contemporary Music 

Emma SalisburyStudent Profile – Emma Salisbury
Bachelor of Music Studies (Contemporary Music)

“The new Contemporary Music Practice offers an array of opportunities, allowing individual’s flexibility in choosing exactly what it is they want to study. The course offers an excellent selection of subjects ranging from performance, composition, aural and harmony training, history, sound recording, creative music technology, etc. The course also allows access to the Conservatorium’s many outstanding facilities, including the newly embellished and consistently updated recording studios.

The SCM provides a warm and welcoming environment, allowing individuals to express their authentic creativity. The outstanding talent and drive of the students has been truly inspiring, and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with such amazing musicians. Similarly, the academic advisors have taught me with an exceptional knowledge and experience of the art, and their undying passion for music is something that I will always treasure. I look forward to continuing my studies, growing and evolving as a musician, and embracing the endless opportunities the SCM unequivocally provides. I am truly honoured to be a student at such a prestigious academy.”